The Caxton Club brings together a diversified group of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and other interested individuals; into a community who share a love of books and provides them a forum to learn about their history, production, and preservation; to heighten their appreciation of outstanding content, design and production; and to share in the joys of fine books.


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    • 02/19/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL
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    February Dinner

    Dr. Lia Markey, Director of the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies, will discuss Johannes Stradanus’s Nova Reperta (c. 1588), a renowned print series of 20 engravings, representing 19 post-classical novelties as varied as eyeglasses, the cure for syphilis, and the New World.  Through an analysis of the prints, their Latin captions, and their preparatory drawings, Dr. Markey will show how the series depicts invention as both global and specifically Florentine and will investigate the relationship between innovation and cross-cultural exchange in the late sixteenth century.  This presentation will provide background to the “Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s Nova Reperta” exhibit co-curated by Caxtonian Suzanne Karr Schmidt which opens April 18 and will be a Caxton On the Move event in early May.

    The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow.  Program is free and open to the public.  Beverages available for $8-$15.  Three-course dinner: $66.  Reservations are required for either program or dinner only and the dinner/program.  They must be received by no later than NOON, Monday, February 17.  Dinner reservations cancelled after that time or no-shows will be billed. 

    Reserve and pay at or by calling 312-255-3710 or e-mail  We encourage members to reserve using our website.

    • 03/13/2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    March Luncheon

    Marcy Dinius on Radical Types In American Antislavery Print

    Some labeled it the most dangerous printing — referring to words that sprang from the pens and presses of abolitionists David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, and Benjamin Lundy.

    This luncheon will explore publications that so terrified part of the country that they inspired and accelerated draconian laws and practices designed to ensure that enslaved people would never be able to read them.

    Join Marcy Dinius from DePaul as she brings this story to life and reveals how some abolitionist typography itself was radical and designed to register the writers’ impassioned voices and arguments, as well as visually to direct readers to voice the call to the illiterate.

    Dinius is a professor at DePaul and has written extensively on American visual and print culture. Join us as she shares this remarkable tale of the power of writing, typography, and print!
    March 13 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming. Reservations and cancellations by noon March 11. Reserve and pay at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

    • 03/18/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson

    March Dinner

    March 18, Union League Club:  Jennifer Gunter King, Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory, and Nick Twemlow.  They will discuss Emory’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, its scope, significance, and the collector who amassed the 75,000 volumes that form the body of the collection.

    • 03/25/2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Union League Club George N. Leighton Library 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60604

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    • 06/17/2020
    • Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago IL 60610

    Save the Date!

    Caxton Club 125th Anniversary Celebration

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60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710